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20 Tips for Camping in Mana Pools
Every year we set off with our camping trailer to get an "on the ground" feel for a destination. This June we revisted Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Here are some tips for a camping trip to this wonderful wildlife destination.

5 things you didn’t know you should take on safari
There are some things that just make travelling easier, other things that you shouldn’t leave home without – like sunglasses for example. Here are some things you didn’t know you needed.

Pre Christmas self catering getaway to Lokuthula Lodges
A random call from RCI asking us if we would like to use some unused points put in motion our pre Christmas break to Vic Falls. For a small number of points and a bit of cash we chose to stay at Lokuthula Lodges in Vic Falls.

Swaziland Christmas party
We like to take our team to a new destination for our end of year function. This year we chose Swaziland. More about our trip on the Maplanga Africa blog

Dads and Lads trip - March 2012
I’m Brigitte,  the Maplanga Africa events consultant but some call me the ‘Tour Guide’. I had the privilege of hosting a Dad’s and Lad’s Group at the A’Zambezi River Lodge in Victoria Falls this past weekend.  7 Dads and their sons, made for an interesting weekend which surpassed my every expectation - I have never seen such well behaved children (and dads)!

The Big Christmas safari to Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia
We set off off for our end of year self drive safari to take in Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. What a trip we had!  

We visit Gonarezhou National Park Zimbabwe
Watch out Hwange, Gonarezhou is going to be my next favourite Zim Park!  Gonarezhou is spectacular. We have wanted to visit this park for years and when the opportunity presented itself to join respected editor Mark Samuel of Caravan and Outdoor magazine, we jumped at the chance and we were not disapointed.  

Hwange Safari to Little Makalolo
We seem to end up in Hwange every year around the same time and have been lucky enough to experience all levels of accommodation. This time we were lucky enough to stay at Little Makalolo in the Wilderness Safaris private concession.

The Kenya Migration Landrover Expedition
I once very nearly immigrated to Kenya. Things didnt work out but there was unfinished business to do - the great Kenyan migration safari. This is the Kenyan family holiday that put things right.

Winter Botswana Safari Mrs Custard rides again
The onset of winter in Southern Africa brings on a wanderlust for the bush. We had some ‘unfinished business’ in Botswana after our trundle in December as the immense amount of ground water in the Magadikgadi meant that we didn’t get around to exploring the Pans and most importantly Natalie didn’t get to see Baines Baobabs.

Luangwa Valley Zambia's finest safari destination
We had the good fortune escape the Joburg winter and take a break in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia recently. I have to admit it right here and now that I am not the best flyer. Every bump and wiggle in the sky increases my worry. The smaller the plane the greater the anguish... but for all the anxiety it causes me the reward of a great holiday adventure at the end of the flight is far greater. This trip was no exception.

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